By Andra Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
A living hero was honored at Pittsburg State University today in a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial, where an engraved paver will be laid in his name.
Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha is one of 80 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. Most of the nation’s 3,458 medals of honor have been awarded posthumously — almost one half to Civil War soldiers. Romesha, 31, is one of just four recipients who is younger than age 60.
The award recognizes Romesha for his courageous actions in a deadly battle at a remote combat post in Afghanistan in 2009. Under an intense attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters, Romesha led a fierce, day-long effort that ultimately repulsed the enemy and secured the battlefield.
Romesha also is spending some of his time at PSU today with ROTC cadets in PSU’s Department of Military Science and with students in environmental safety at the Kansas Technology Center. He will speak to the public Friday morning and be a guest at the Gorilla Battalion Spring Awards Ceremony Friday night.